This is probably my favourite ever granola recipe that I’ve made to date! I’d forgotten just how delicious roasted hazelnuts can be; they’re so much tastier once they’d been roasted and help to give this that Nutella like flavour! One of the main reasons why I love making my own granola at home, is that I know it’s not going to be packed full of lots of added sugars. I usually use either honey, brown rice syrup or maple syrup for my go-to natural sweeteners- mainly because I like the taste of these three the most. Both honey and brown rice syrup are quite sticky as well, which helps the granola to bind together a little better. They’re also both great options for if you’re making flapjacks!
Here I’ve used honey and melted coconut oil for my wet ingredients and together, they create a really delicious sweet and fragrant flavour. Right.. so now onto the best bit, the chocolate flavour (of course). For this I’ve actually used a combination of raw cacao powder; which is my ultimate favourite superfood EVER.. and some of this Chocolate Dream powder from One Earth Organics. You may have seen a few of my previous recipes using their products and I’m absolutely loving them at the moment! They’re slightly different from your typical Superfood powders, as these are actually blends that combine a variety of different powders in each one. The Chocolate Dream one consists of cocoa, carob, vanilla, baobab, beetroot and chlorella powder. I really like this idea, as it means that you can everything in one, rather than having to purchase each individual powder separately. It also tastes really delicious as well, whereas I’m not too keen on the taste of chlorella by itself.
This is such a simple and speedy granola recipe, there’s really no excuse to skip breakfast now! It only takes around 16 minutes to bake in the oven and the prep work is pretty much just tossing everything into a mixing bowl and giving it a stir! You can then take it with you to work, much on the go, sprinkle over yoghurt or perhaps bake into granola bars if you wanted to- I’m pretty sure if you added in a little bit of extra honey or maybe a nut butter and packed it down onto the tray before baking, that you could make bars? Might have to give that one a try!
This recipe is also a great one to share with family and friends- I made a batch yesterday and both my mum and boyfriend loved it! My mum is pretty obsessed with my granola and now that I’m not living at home, she bakes her own batches from the blog to take to work with her. She’s even got her colleges into it now! I’m probably drifting off on a bit of a tangent now to be honest, but things like this make me so happy and are one of the main reasons why I started the blog and wanted to share my recipes. I love hearing about when people re-create recipes from the blog and find so much enjoyment in the food. I know lots of people are often sceptical when it comes to making healthy swaps in their diets and snacking on things like nuts and seeds instead of that daily chocolate bar- so to hear that people are loving the granola recipes and even making it for their children and family members is just so amazing! I want to continue to be able to share my experiences and creations with food and hopefully inspire people to make things at hone that they can share and enjoy! Definitely off on a tangent now, so I apologise, I will just get on with the recipe now! But, if you did read all of this, then thank you, I do really appreciate it!
- 1 1/2 cups jumbo oats
- 1/3 cup blanched hazelnuts (you could also use regular hazelnuts if you wanted to)
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp Chocolate Dream powder- Link to the product below
- Preheat your oven to 180c and line a tray with baking paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and give these a rough stir.
- Pour over the wet ingredients and mix everything thoroughly, until everything is evenly coated and looks nice and chocolatey.
- Transfer this onto your baking tray and spread it as evenly as you can. Pop this into the oven to cook for around 16 minutes.
- Toss the granola half way, to insure it doesn't burn.
- Once you're granola is done, allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.